galaxy card

First Galaxy Card

By on March 25, 2017
First galaxy card using Mama Elephant Space Bears stamp set.

I have been obsessed with galaxy cards the first time I ever saw one! I love how you can use any color and it will give it a different look. For my first galaxy card, I went with what seems to be popular in the card making circuit. I started with Distress Inks in mustard seeds, picked raspberries, seedless preserves, chipped sapphire and black soot. (Can I pause here just to mention how much I love the names of the colors. How fun it must be to name all of these!) I blended all the colors except for black soot on Bristol Smooth paper. It was so much fun and magical! After I got all the color on, I went over the entire thing with black soot. This is where things can get a little hairy but have faith! Just cover it all in black soot and let some of the colors shine through. After this layer, I got a spray bottle and mist it with water. One of the fun traits of Distress Inks is that it will react with water. I gave it a few seconds and sop up the water with a paper towels and got these dots all over the project where the water picked up the color. Next, I got some opaque white paint and put it on a toothbrush and spattered it onto my project. This is where the magic happens! The white splatters and dots looked like a galaxy of stars! It was so much fun! I then let the background piece dry over night.

Always “Dream Big”

While it was drying, I colored these cute Space Bears from Mama Elephant. For this project, I used Zig Clean Real Brush pens. After coloring, I used glossy accents on the helmets to give it a little more interest and a 3D look like a real space helmet. So cute! I was pretty pleased with the results here. Both the glossy accents and background needed to dry so this is when I decided to clean up, let the piece dry and pop some popcorn and watch a movie with the kids. The rest will be completed tomorrow.

Can you see the glossy accents?

The next day, I assembled the card and this was so exciting! I decided on one bear because I messed up on one with the glossy accents. I couldn’t get over the air bubble it had.

I love this card!

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You’re My Lucky Charm

By on March 10, 2017
St. Patrick’s Day card using Lawn Fawn My Lucky Charm

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and I felt a little festive this year. I got this set for the cat for Chinese New Year cards, but decided to use it for it’s original intent. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I wished all the Wink of Stella showed up better on camera. This card is all kinds of sparkly!

Inside the card.

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Have a Fairy Nice Day

By on March 1, 2017
First shaker card!

I made my first shaker card! I wanted to try the fun foam method from Jennifer McGuire and it was a lot of fun. This was a lot of fun. I made a few other cards I will share soon using the foam tape method to see which I like more. I know the fun foam technique mails better but so far I have been hand delivering these so maybe I need to do some cost analysis to see which is cheaper if I’m going to hand deliver. (Or maybe I will just use whatever is closest when I get my supplies from my craft area.)

Shaker Close-up

Lessons Learned:

  • Cut the foam a little smaller than the front facing piece of cardstock so the sides don’t show. (I’m sure this was mentioned in the tutorial video, but I forgot.)
  • Fishing wire is not the same as nylon thread (The finish wire was a little thick. Now only was it more visible than I would like, it doesn’t allow for much movement. This is what I get for being lazy and trying to use what my husband has.)
  • Distressed ink takes a while to dry…so don’t put embossing powder on it until it’s COMPLETELY dried! (You will see no distressed ink piece in this entire project…it was scraped after two attempts. Another time!)
  • If you decide to color with Copic markers, use Memento Tuxedo Black ink since it is Copic-friendly and does not bleed.
Inside of the card

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